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Artistic Collaboration in Challenging Times: Chamber Music in Queensland, 1901–1950

  • Peter Roennfeldt (a1)

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The concept of sustainability is often connected with environmental and socio-economic debates, but it is just as central to cultural developments. Historical studies of music-making within a local context often reveal that any ‘good idea’ needs both initiators and supporters, and also patrons and advocates. For example, the story of chamber music in early Queensland is bound up with contextual factors such as organisational and physical infrastructure and, more importantly, the contributions of leaders whose long-term vision encouraged audiences to participate. While important beginnings appeared during the colonial decades, changing circumstances required new approaches to sustaining chamber music traditions in the post-Federation era.

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1 Various aspects of Queensland's orchestral music have been documented previously. For example, see Frederick Erickson, ‘The bands and orchestras of colonial Queensland’, PhD thesis, University of Queensland (1987); Andrew Schultz, ‘Brisbane orchestras, 1920 to 1947’, PhD thesis, University of Queensland (1981).

2 Roennfeldt, Peter, ‘Music by the few for the many: chamber music in colonial Queensland’, Queensland Review 1 (2012), 178–89. This article traces the contributions of many musicians whose family members or students continued working in the early twentieth century.

3 The Sleath legacy continued through various instruments owned by local musicians, notably when a set of Howard's instruments were donated to the University of Queensland in 1974, which spawned the short-lived Mayne String Quartet. Substantial endowments from the Sleath estate were also made to both that institution and the Queensland Conservatorium in the late 1980s.

4 The Benvenuti legacy lived on in later decades, with younger family members Leo and Alice both early members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1947.

5 ‘Brisbane Quartette Society’, Brisbane Courier [hereafter cited as BC], 12 July 1902, 12.

6 ‘The Brisbane Quartette Society’, BC, 31 July 1902, 4.

7 ‘A successful concert’, BC, 20 November 1901, 6.

8 ‘Herr Rosendorff's concert’, BC, 3 December 1903, 6.

9 ‘Mr J. L. Philip's concert’, BC, 29 April 1904, 6.

10 ‘Miss Hume-Black's concert’, BC, 15 July 1901, 6.

11 ‘Brisbane Musicians’ Association’. BC, 26 June 1905, 5.

12 The Queensland branch of the Musicians’ Union of Australia was founded in 1911.

13 ‘Musicians’ Association’, BC, 10 March 1908, 6.

14 ‘Musicians’ Association’, BC, 12 June 1909, 16.

15 ‘Musicians’ Association disbanded’, BC, 29 July 1909, 6.

16 ‘Brisbane Liedertafel: third grand concert’, BC, 6 September 1900, 6.

17 ‘Toowoomba and District: Liedertafel Concerto’, BC, 13 September 1902, 6.

18 ‘Return of the Misses Jefferies’, BC, 16 January 1906, 2.

19 ‘Misses Jefferies concerto’, BC, 14 May 1907, 6.

20 ‘Chamber music concert’, BC, May 1909, 16.

21 ‘Chamber music’, BC, 21 September 1910, 7.

22 ‘Chamber Music Society’, BC, 27 September 1911, 7.

23 ‘Music and drama’, BC, 13 May 1911, 12.

24 Brier, Percy, Autobiography of a musician (Brisbane: Eric Blyth, 1973), p. 90.

25 BC, 14 January 1904, 2.

26 ‘Social’, BC, 23 March 1907, 7.

27 ‘Music and musicians: chamber music’, BC, 25 June 1913, 16.

28 ‘Music and musicians: lecture on chamber music’, BC, 27 May 1914, 16.

29 ‘The Schoenberg Sextet: some notes by Mr Alfred Kalisch’, BC, 26 May 1915, 9.

30 ‘Red Cross concert’, BC, 21 June 1915, 5.

31 ‘Patriotic concert’, BC, 14 September 1914, 8.

32 ‘Music and drama’, BC, 24 February 1917, 12.

33 ‘Apollo Club's concert’, BC, 19 June 1918, 5.

34 ‘Pianoforte and violin recital’, BC, 19 June 1918, 5.

35 ‘Benjamin-Hayne recital’, BC, 11 November 1919, 11.

36 ‘Music, drama and pictures’, BC, 5 July 1919, 12.

37 ‘Music and drama’, BC, 30 June 1917, 12.

38 ‘Chamber Music Society’, BC, 24 May 1921, 11.

39 ‘Chamber Music Society’, BC, 29 November 1921, 3.

40 ‘Brisbane Chamber Music Society’, BC, 27 March 1922, 9.

41 ‘Brisbane Chamber Music Society’, BC, 22 September 1922, 15.

42 ‘Brisbane Chamber Music Society’, BC, 31 July 1922, 9.

43 ‘Chamber music’, BC, 21 August 1925, 14.

44 ‘Chamber music: a brilliant “cellist”‘, BC, 20 November 1925, 10.

45 ‘Chamber music concert’, BC, 8 June 1926, 10.

46 ‘Music Week’, BC, 22 October 1927, 23.

47 ‘Beethoven Commemoration Concerto’, BC, 28 March 1927, 12.

48 ‘Schubert chamber music’, BC, 22 November 1928, 17.

49 ‘The Cherniavsky Trio’, BC, 24 May 1928, 23.

50 ‘Chamber music concert’, BC, 27 April 1929, 26.

51 ‘Chamber music concert’, BC, 21 September 1929, 10.

52 ‘Chamber music concert’, BC, 3 August 1929, 10.

53 ‘Sonata concert’, BC, 21 June 1930, 2.

54 ‘Music teachers’ concert’, BC, 13 August 1930, 7.

55 ‘Sydney String Quartet’, BC, 16 July 1931, 15.

56 ‘String quartet recital: Masters of chamber music’, BC, 4 April 1935, 23.

57 ‘Sydney String Quartet: stirring rendering of Schubert work’, BC, 18 April 1935, 19.

58 ‘Austral Recital’, BC, 5 October 1931, 17.

59 ‘Austral Recital’, BC, 23 May 1932, 11.

60 ‘Austral choir recital’, BC, 24 April 1933, 13.

61 ‘Chamber music: Brahms's Centenary’, CM, 5 May 1933, 15.

62 ‘Musical journeys: audience led on strange routes’, CM, 12 October 1934, 19.

63 ‘Chamber music: Spivakosvky–Kurtz Trio in Brisbane’, CM, 2 February 1935, 10.

64 ‘Budapest String Quartet: flawless playing of chamber music’, CM, 27 September 1935, 15.

65 ‘Perfect string playing: Budapest Quartette’, CM, 30 September 1935, 16.

66 H.T.H., ‘Music and the drama’, CM, 21 September 1935, 18.

67 H.T.H., ‘Music and the stage’, CM, 30 March 1935, 18.

68 H.T.H., ‘Music and the drama’, CM, 27 April 1937, 20.

69 H.T.H., ‘Music and the drama’, CM, 26 February 1938, 24.

70 ‘Civic chamber music’, CM, 1 April 1943, 5.

71 ‘Brisbane's civic concert lead’, CM, 11 March 1943, 4.

72 R[obert] Dalley-Scarlett, ‘People need music as much as roads’, CM, 3 December 1945, 5.

73 E.J.R., ‘Large crowd at concert’, CM, 9 September 1946, 4.

74 E.B., ‘Fine chamber music playing’, CM, 7 July 1947, 4.

75 Ernest Briggs, ‘Chamber music well played’, CM, 3 July 1950, 6./

76 Ernest Briggs, ‘Trio in fine recital’, CM, 20 October 1950, 7.

77 Frederic Rogers, ‘Civic music’, Australian Musical News, 1 August 1950, 26.

78 ‘They shall have music’, CM, 12 February 1944, 2.

79 ‘More music’, CM, 31 August 1944, 2.

80 ‘Pupils know their music’, CM, 1 September 1944, 2.

81 ‘Quartet resigns’, CM, 26 October 1948, 1.

82 E.B., ‘Youth likes quartet’, CM, 8 July 1947, 4.

83 Neville Cardus, ‘Rare privilege of hearing string quartet’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August 1945, 6.

84 Unidentified press cutting, possibly Melbourne Herald Sun, 26 November 1945.

85 ‘Puzzle to New Zealand’, CM, 21 June 1948, 4.

86 ‘Musical treat by symphony’, CM, 11 June 1945, 2.

87 ‘Positions vacant’, CM, 20 January 1949, 2.

88 ‘State Quartet Begins on July 1’, CM, 18 May 1949, 3.

89 ‘Music: £16,000’, CM, 25 September 1953, 5.

90 Thomas, Adrian, ‘From little acorns: the first Queensland State Quartet, 1944–1948’, Australasian Music Research 8 (2004), 59. This article provides a detailed overview of this first QSSQ's activities and impact.

91 H.T.H., ‘All the music for this concert was written in Brisbane’, CM, 3 November 1941, 4.

92 ‘“Fuzzy Angels” set to music’, CM, 3 October 1943, 2.

93 Ernest Briggs, ‘Concert to remember’, CM, 27 October 1949, 4.

94 ‘Applause for string quartet’, CM, 7 October 1950, 6.

95 ‘Formed new musical society for state’, CM, 14 March 1956, 9.

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